admin on October 6th, 2014

English MA graduates, Laura Scroggs and Pete Faziani, have launched a new poetry project called Red Flag Poetry Services.  They are looking for submissions.

Take a look at their beautiful website for details:  http://redflagpoetry.weebly.com/

For the second time, in Spring 2015, Associate Professor of English Melissa Gregory will teach a unique version of Reading Poetry (ENGL 2730) that combines two topics: yoga and poetry.  The relationship between poetic rhythm and the rhythm of the body; the relationship between meter and heartbeat; the relationship between breathing and the idea of learning to breathe language; these are just some of the parallels that Professor Gregory finds between the two.  See the whole story in UTNews.

Emily Boening, John Boening’s daughter, speaks (click to enlarge).

Family, friends, former students, and colleagues of the late John Boening, Prof. Emeritus and former Chair of the English Department, gathered in remembrance Friday, September 26, in Libbey Hall on the University of Toledo Main Campus.  Speaking at the event were his daughter Emily Boening, current Chair of the English Department Prof. Sara Lundquist, Lynn Fisher, Virginia Chambers, and Prof. Emeritus Samir Abu-Absi (also a former Chair of the Department).  Music was provided on piano by Gladys Rudolph, wife of English Department Prof. Emeritus Robert Rudolph.

The printed program included this quote from Rainer Maria Rilke:

Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

John Boening, born June 15, 1942, died this past June the 18th.

admin on September 24th, 2014

The University of Toledo’s premiere literary magazine is back.  The Mill has a new look and new events planned for its creative writers​. Current UT students may submit their poetry, short fiction, short essay and photography to The Mill’s Submittable website: https://themill.submittable.com/submit.  For more information on submission guidelines, please visit The Mill’s bloghttp://themillmagazine.blogspot.com/.

This year, with the generous support from the UT English Department’s Edward Shapiro Endowment, The Mill is offering cash prizes to the best submissions in all three categories:

  • ​Best Poem— $50
  • Best Short Fiction/Essay— $50
  • Best Photograph— $50 & Cover

Send in your best creative work!  The Mill’s editors and readers are excited to read what the brightest of UT’s students have to offer!  DEADLINE: Nov. 8,2014.

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amattison on September 10th, 2014

The English Department is proud to announce that Melody Beerbower, a first-year English major, is a recipient of the Donald L. Solomon Foundation Scholarship. Melody is the first English major to be awarded the scholarship, which was created by Donald Solomon to assist promising English and History majors from Northwest Ohio. Melody, the second sibling in her family to attend UT as an English major, is interested in a career in journalism, writing, or teaching.

Skai Stelzer’s poem, “A Fugue for Marie,” appeared in the current (tenth) issue of Petrichor Review: an online arts & literature magazine.

Associate Professor Daniel Compora authored a book chapter that appeared recently: “Mythicizing Clark Kent: The Archetypes & Mythic Structure of Smallville.” It was included in the volume Mapping Smallville: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters, pp. 13-24, Eds. Cory Barkeer, Chris Ryan, and Myc Wiatrowski, published by McFarland, 2014.

Dan also recently presented on a separate topic at the conference Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy held at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. July 12, 2014.  His paper was titled “What’s the Boogeyman? Eighties Horror Villains and the Attack on Suburbia.”

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia

As Program Chair of the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS / ALCEU), Prof. Douglas W. Coleman was lead organizer of the 51st Annual LACUS Conference hosted by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, August 6-9, 2014.  As Program Chair, he oversees proposal reviewing and scheduling of accepted proposals, as well as editing the LACUS Conference Handbook (this year, containing over 60 pages of abstracts).

Prof. Coleman also was a presenter at the conference.  His paper was titled “Grice’s Maxims: Hearer Expectations and Speaker Orthoconcepts of Hearers.”  Because travel to the conference would have overlapped with the notorious Toledo water crisis of the summer of 2014, Prof. Coleman opted to stay in Toledo and present his paper by video-link.

Pearl Gambrell, majoring in the BA in Linguistics administered through the English Department, received a Summer 2014 grant through the UT Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Program for a project titled “Computational Linguistics: The Bridge between Computer and Language.”    Her Faculty Mentor was Prof. Douglas W. Coleman.  She presented the results of her work at the End of Summer Research Symposium 2014, held Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at the University of Toledo Student Union.  The Symposium was hosted by the University of Toledo Office of Undergraduate Research.

Prof. Fitzgerald and Saga the horse in the highlands above the Mosfell Valley region of Iceland

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Christina M. Fitzgerald, Professor of English, attended the Nineteenth Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society (http://newchaucersociety.org/) in Reykjavik, Iceland, this summer, where she presented a paper and co-organized a seminar. The paper, “Book History and ‘User-Created Content’: Commonplace Books in the Medieval Literature Classroom,” was part of a panel called “Teaching Things with Books.” It detailed an assignment Prof. Fitzgerald gave to her Spring 2014 students in ENGL 4400: British Literature: Medieval Period, a class which focused on manuscript collections, including the “commonplace book,” a collection created by a reader for his or her own reading purposes. The seminar, “The Boundaries of Medieval Drama,” was co-organized with John T. Sebastian of Loyola University New Orleans; Prof. Fitzgerald chaired the seminar. The entire conference program can be viewed here: http://newchaucersociety.org/pages/entry/2014-congress.

Prof. Fitzgerald also took the opportunity of being in Iceland to do some experiential research for teaching early medieval literature. She’s seen here with an Icelandic horse named Saga from the Laxnes Horse Farm (http://www.laxnes.is/). The small but sturdy Icelandic horse breed is descended from the horses brought by the original Viking Age settlers of Iceland and remains very similar to the horses ridden by the Anglo-Saxons as well as the Scandinavian peoples in the early Middle Ages. The area where the horse farm is located and where Prof. Fitzgerald rode, Mosfellsdalur (the Mosfell Valley), was an important region in Viking Age Iceland and features prominently in Egil’s Saga. (It is also the region where the Nobel Prize winning, 20th-century novelist, Halldor Laxness, lived and wrote.)

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Christina M. Fitzgerald, Professor of English, attended the Nineteenth Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society (http://newchaucersociety.org/) in Reykjavik, Iceland, this summer, where she presented a paper and co-organized a seminar. The paper, “Book History and ‘User-Created Content’: Commonplace Books in the Medieval Literature Classroom,” was part of a panel called “Teaching Things with Books.” It detailed an assignment Prof. Fitzgerald gave to her Spring 2014 students in ENGL 4400: British Literature: Medieval Period, a class which focused on manuscript collections, including the “commonplace book,” a collection created by a reader for his or her own reading purposes. The seminar, “The Boundaries of Medieval Drama,” was co-organized with John T. Sebastian of Loyola University New Orleans; Prof. Fitzgerald chaired the seminar. The entire conference program can be viewed here: http://newchaucersociety.org/pages/entry/2014-congress.

Prof. Fitzgerald also took the opportunity of being in Iceland to do some experiential research for teaching early medieval literature. She’s seen here with an Icelandic horse named Saga from the Laxnes Horse Farm (http://www.laxnes.is/). The small but sturdy Icelandic horse breed is descended from the horses brought by the original Viking Age settlers of Iceland and remains very similar to the horses ridden by the Anglo-Saxons as well as the Scandinavian peoples in the early Middle Ages. The area where the horse farm is located and where Prof. Fitzgerald rode, Mosfellsdalur (the Mosfell Valley), was an important region in Viking Age Iceland and features prominently in Egil’s Saga. (It is also the region where the Nobel Prize winning, 20th-century novelist, Halldor Laxness, lived and wrote.)